SBCC News - Student speaker announced for May 15 SBCC Commencement

Santa Barbara City College 66th Annual Commencement
Friday, May 15, 2015
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
La Playa Stadium
SBCC East Campus, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara

Note to Media: Please contact Joan Galvan if you plan to cover this event. A limited number of reserved parking spaces for media have been set aside at the ground level entrance to La Playa Stadium.

Schedule (times are approximate)
5:00 p.m. Processional begins

5:15 p.m. Singing of National Anthem by SBCC student and music major Daun Jeon

5:20 p.m. Opening remarks by SBCC President Lori Gaskin

5:30 p.m. Remarks on behalf of the faculty by Academic Senate President Dr. Kimberly Monda

5:35 p.m. Student Commencement address by Desiree Sulzmann

5:45 p.m. Awarding of student degrees and certificates

6:45 p.m. Recessional begins

• 600- 650 students are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony.

SBCC has more than 3,100 degrees and certificates pending or awarded to approximately 1,800 students in the 2014-2015 academic year.

About the Student Commencement Speaker
A native of Chicago, Desiree Sulzmann will graduate from Santa Barbara City College on May 15 with four associates’ degrees: political science, political science for transfer, humanities, and liberal arts with an honors certificate summa cum laude. No one will be more proud of her accomplishments than her parents, Thomas and Becky, who will be sitting in the bleachers at SBCC’s La Playa stadium.

Desiree’s earlier journey had not been an easy one for her or her family. During her high school years in Chicago, she went through a series of difficult times and transitions which brought her to California after barely graduating, determined to make a fresh start in a new place. “I am so grateful for the opportunities SBCC has offered me — I was pushed harder than I had ever been before to succeed.” At college with the demands of firm but supportive faculty, Desiree became involved in the Ethics Debate team, the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa international honor society leadership, and coordinated and attended two trips to Sacramento as part of an internship program at which students interact with and shadow legislators at the State Capitol.

She plans to transfer to UC Berkeley in the fall and then earn a PhD in political science as well as a law degree. Her ultimate career goals are to first practice civil law for sexual assault and domestic violence victims and later to pursue a career in politics and legislation reform.

Desiree said, “I knew early on that I had big dreams but didn’t have a chance to begin pursuing them until I came to SBCC. I’ve determined my passions and goals, and the future is very exciting.”


Joan Galvan, SBCC Public Information Officer
(805) 730-4107

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